Kia Stinger: Cooling System / Electric Thermostat (ECT)

Kia Stinger CK 2018-2021 Service Manual / Engine Mechanical System / Cooling System / Electric Thermostat (ECT)

Repair procedures
Removal and Installation
  

Removal of the thermostat would have an adverse effect, causing a lowering of cooling efficiency. Do not remove the thermostat, even if the engine tends to overheat.

1.

Disconnect the battery negative terminal.

2.

Remove the air cleaner.

(Refer to Intake and Exhaust System - "Air Cleaner")

3.

Drain coolant.

(Refer to Cooling System - "Coolant")

4.

Disconnect the radiator lower hose (A).

5.

Disconnect the electric thermostat (ECT) connector (A) and then remove the wiring bracket (B).

6.

Remove the electric thermostat (ECT) (A).

Tightening torque :

18.6 - 23.5 N·m (1.9 - 2.4 kgf·m, 13.7 - 17.4 lb·ft)

7.

Install in the reverse order of removal.

  

Install the thermostat with the jiggle valve upward.

8.

Fill the engine coolant.

9.

Start the engine and check for leaks.

10.

Recheck the coolant level.

Inspection
1.

Immerse thermostat in coolant heated to over 95°C (203°F), then heat for at least 3 minutes to check valve lift.

  

Do not immerse connector part.

Do not directly heat unit as this will damage thermostat.

2.

Check the valve opening temperature.

Valve opening temperature : 95 ± 2°C (203 ± 35.6°C)

Full opening temperature : 100°C (212°F)

If the valve opening temperature is not as specified, replace the thermostat.

3.

Check the valve lift.

Valve lift : 8 mm (0.3 in) or more at 100°C (212°F)

If the valve lift is not as specified, replace the thermostat.

4.

Check that the resistance is within the specification.

Specification : 8 - 11 Ω [20°C (68°F)]

If the measured resistance is not within the specification, replace the thermostat.

Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting

Symptoms
Possible Causes
Remedy
Coolant leakage

From the thermostat gasket

Check the mounting bolts

Check the torque of the mounting bolts

Retighten the bolts and check leakage again.

Check the gasket for damage

Check gasket or seal for damage

Replace gaskets and reuse the thermostat.

Cooled excessively

Low heater performance (cool air blows-out)

Thermogauge indicates 'LOW'

Visually check after removing the radiator cap.

Insufficient coolant or leakage.

After refilling coolant, recheck.

KDS/GDS check&Starting engine

Check DTCs

Check connection of the fan clutch or the fan motor.

※ If the fan clutch is always connected, there will be a noise at idle.

Check the engine coolant sensor, wiring and connectors.

Replace the componants.

Remove the thermostat and inspect

Check if there are dusts or chips in the thermostat valve.

Check adherence of the thermostat.

Clean the thermostat valve and reuse the thermostat.

Replace the thermostat, if it doesn't work properly.

Heated excessively

Engine overheated

Thermogauge indicates 'HI'

Visually check after removing the radiator cap.

Insufficient coolant or leakage.

※ Be careful when removing a radiator cap of the overheated vehicle.

Check air in cooling system.

After refilling coolant, recheck.

Check the cylinder head gaskets for damage and the tightening torque of the mounting bolts.

KDS/GDS check&Starting engine

Check DTCs

Check the fan motor performance as temperature varies.

Check if the fan clutch slips.

Check the water pump adherence or impeller damaged.

Check the engine coolant sensor, wiring and connectors.

Check the fan motor, the relay and the connector.

Replace the fan clutch, if it doesn't work properly.

Replace the water pump, if it doesn't work properly.

Immerse the thermostat in boiling water and inspection.

After removing the thermostat, check it works properly.

※ Check the thermostat opens at the valve opening temperature.

Replace the thermostat, if it doesn't work properly.


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